matt_forest

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  1. Thanks. I reset Steam a few times and the download appeared, but despite following the instructions I can't get the custom start date to work. The Brazilian start date works though Looking forward to giving the Euros a bash with the England squad I think Roy Should have selected. Thanks again.
  2. Thanks, I'd hoped somebody would try to make a Euro 2016 save with the real teams and fixtures. I haven't download anything through the Steam Workshop before so was just wondering a few things; -first, I subscribed but don't see a 'download' option. I assume subscribing automatically downloads the file -secondly, I downloaded the sortitoutsi 'cutome start date' but the dates available are either March or April 2015 rather than 2016. Has anybody else had this problem?
  3. People play in different ways. It's not impressive when somebody thinks they are great at FM despite starting with all the best stats and at a club like Real Madrid (for example) The best career I had on FM was starting unemployed, struggling in the first seasons with a conference side. Moved to the lower leagues in Northern Ireland, Germany and then Belgium before being offered a chance back in England. Kept a terrible side in the football league after joining midseason, then over the following seasons turned them in to promotion contenders. After getting them up I had a heartbreaking decision to make when a 'larger' club came in for me early on in the following season. I took the job but felt like I was bailing on the side I'd built and despite the new club having players with better stats I found myself returning in January to sign some of the players who'd served me so well at my former club. In the following seasons I gained promotion and was competing at the top end of the Championship when I became aware that the manager of Nottingham Forest (the club I support) was facing the sack. I declared my interest in the job despite them sitting midtable in League One and was offered the position. The squad was shockingly bad but, again, I returned to my former club to bring in the players I was familiar with and they helped turn things around and get us promoted as champions. To many that may not be the greatest ever career in FM, but to me it was the most enjoyable. Starting at the bottom, playing LLM-style using the scouts to identify signings rather than just buying the same old players, working my way up and earning the job at the club I support whilst using players and staff who had developed a relationship with me.
  4. So creating a PS1 quality avatar from a very limited range of options is a main selling point of the game? No wonder the tactics and training are flawed again if so much time has been poured in to this 'feature'
  5. Before a game you have a notification inviting you to have a chat with the Chairman. "I've just signed my 35 year old nephew and would like you to play him in the next game" What do you do?
  6. I'm managing Forest and have a squad of 25 players then 18 players U-21 players broken up into the following positions below. The allocations for each squad are the same so I picture that both sides train together, whilst the U-18's are separate. 2 senior / 2 U-21's - Goalkeepers 8 senior / 5 U-21's - Defenders 4 senior / 3 U-21's - Defensive minded midfielders 7 senior / 5 U-21's - Attacking minded midfielders 4 senior / 3 U-21's - Forwards After playing around with allocating each coach I settled on the following; Because the quality and number of coaches I'm able to sign is limited, I was a little miffed at first about having to assign 3 of them to each of the 'general' training areas. But when you think 'tactics' and 'ball control' are areas you'd think every player in the squad receive training in then there is no way just one coach could handle that work load. What does seem a little strange though is how 'defending' requires 4 coaches (in whatever permutation I tried) in order to drop down to an average level - How would this be so? I'd assume it would mainly be the defensive minded members in the squad being trained in this area, so why would few players require more coaches? A similar number of players would have a focus on attacking but they require one less, whereas each fitness area would again apply every member of the squad yet only two members of staff are needed. Easy solution - Hire a couple of cheap/ average coaches who will work across all areas. Their star ratings will be severely knocked down in each but that will be more than compensated for by you having a specialist concentrating on just that area alone. I'd like to think of this jack of all trades being the guy who just lays out the cones and brings along the big bag of balls
  7. As a Forest fan it would obviously be Derby. On one particular career game I would take every opportunity to slate who ever happened to be their manager at the time in the press, which had the unwanted side effect of them offering me the job on three occasions (I'd started unemployed in the conference, they'd happily dropped down to League One). In the same save I managed Ilkeston, Mansfield, Burton, Notts County and then Forest - being offered the job after slating the then manager Nigel Clough.
  8. It'd only be a stepping stone if SI don't make wholesale changes again in the following release. From past experience between FM13 through to what we've seen on FM15 I'd say that it is more than likely to happen yet again.
  9. With each new update the new features are the best ever, only to be overhauled in the next years release. The game used to work very well before year after year of revolutionary developments seemed to take it backwards. So much focus on the 3D match engine when the AI should have been the biggest focus all along. Mo-capped animations may be all well and good but what's the point of the player looking realistic when they are doing unrealistic things, be that playing the ball straight to an opposition player under no pressure or just outright ignoring the instructions you've given him. In the past I used to play long career games, taking coaches with me from club to club. It just seemed right, almost all managers moving clubs will take along at least some of their backroom staff. In the last couple of FM's this seemed almost impossible, you could be a coaches favoured member of staff but they would have no interest in joining you. I'm impressed with the Tracksuit/ Tactical Manager idea but unless the staff relationships are improved greatly then I can't seem myself playing more than one season in a save
  10. Glad I found this thread. I've struggled with results during the early season despite having what I thought was a good pre-season (result-wise). In previous FM's I used to set up many high profile friendlies, more for the cash they'd bring in despite they would probably cause. Seeing as the standard English game start in July doesn't give you much preparation time I'm going to have a go loading up from a start date in Feb/ March with a European smaller league
  11. The next Michael Owen you say? Offer him a massive wage and stick him on the bench = job done! You redduns
  12. I was wondering this yesterday. At first I thought I must have overlooked it in amongst the new layout, couldn't believe it when I realised it wasn't there at all. One of my FM highlights was working my way up from the conference under LLM rules, all the while slagging off Nigel Clough who somehow over the seasons managed to worm his way in to the Forest job. When I'd clawed my way up to the Championship I began to up the ante, giving him grief after every game. Repeatedly pointing out he wasn't good enough for the club soon enough, along with results, made his position insecure ...... then I swoop in saying I'm interested in the job. He's booted out and sent packing back to Derby whilst I take his role. I've won Premierships, Euros, World Cups, etc .... but that was my greatest FM moment
  13. I keep getting the same thing despite having many scouting assignments set up. What annoys me more though is how a scout sent to a new region will find nobody at all yet when he comes back to scout England will come up with exactly the same players as last time! This is even with high JA & JP, Determination and Adaptability ratings.
  14. A few areas which are ticking me off with the game at the minute; Firstly - I'm playing as Forest so my players aren't world beaters but it is a little ridiculous when my fastest winger is beaten in a race for a loose ball by a clodder center back during a preseason game against Gainsborough. What's the point of having Acceleration or Pace stats if they mean nothing? I've got players with a decent first touch yet they can't control the ball for sh*t whilst the minnow players of Gainsborough trot around the field like a bunch of blindfolded Xavi's as the ball sticks to their feet. Secondly - What is the point of setting team/ individual instructions when your players almost religiously ignore what you have asked of them? When you set up a throw in routine and specifically ask for a long throw my taker always goes short. I ask them to go short and he does it long. Tell my strikers to shoot on sight (seeing as forwards are very goal shy in this game), so I'm delighted to see my best forward stop and pass backwards when he was clean through. 'Shoot on sight' doesn't seem to work so i turn it off, despite this my DM decides to start shooting from near enough the half way line.
  15. I'd like to see players actually follow the instructions you give them. That would be nice.